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Monday, March 29, 2004
David Brooks: Brooks's socio-journalism is subjected to serious critique here. It deserves a read. I think Brooks is a great writer and a keen observer of cultural trend, as I've noted here before. In addition, I think his critic commits the error of changing the scope of view of the cultural landscape to make a point. But it's difficult to refute the central argument: Brooks's commentary is pretty facile, and his defense -- that the reader will know what part of his commentary is exaggerated for humor -- is unconvincing. I think this deserves a response from Brooks, given the recent trend toward responsibility in commentary in Brooks's newest employer.